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Castle Creek Bridge (SH 82) Repair Project Set to Begin in April

March 2, 2011 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - CDOT, Contractor Invite Public to March 23 Open House - Public, media encouraged to sign up today to receive project updates via CDOT’s messaging system.

ASPEN – The Castle Creek Bridge repair project on SH 82 is on schedule to begin on Monday, April 11, weather permitting. In anticipation of the start of construction, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor ABCO Contracting are inviting the public to an open house to discuss project details and anticipated traffic impacts for the project. The open house will be held from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M., March 23, 2011, at the Rio Grande Meeting Room at 455 Rio Grande in Aspen.  Visitors may choose to park in the Rio Grande Parking Plaza, or use the free Galena Street Shuttle, which serves the facility until 5:00 P.M.

CASTLE CREEK BRIDGE REPAIRS
The project, contracted to ABCO Contracting of Denver for $664,000, will make repairs to the bridge’s surface and sub-structure. Specifically, the work will include removal of the bridge’s asphalt surface and an inch of the underlying concrete deck; patching and resurfacing the concrete deck; installation of a waterproofing membrane; overlaying the deck with three inches asphalt; replacing the expansion joint; and making minor repairs to abutments (where bridge meets land) and piers.  The project is scheduled for completion in late May 2011.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS (ALWAYS WEATHER PERMITTING):
BOTH UP- AND D0WN-VALLEY LANES WILL REMAIN OPEN WITH NO IMPACTS UNTIL 9 AM EACH MORNING, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. TRAFFIC MAY BE DETOURED 24-HOURS/DAY ON WEEKENDS, HOWEVER.

Up-Valley traffic, after 9 AM each weekday, will remain on the bridge but experience delays due to periodic traffic stops for construction equipment, buses and other large vehicles using the bridge.

Down-Valley traffic, after 9 AM each weekday, will be detoured onto Power Plant Road to Cemetery Lane then back onto SH 82 (a detour of less than one mile); traffic slowing and delays should be expected. There will likely be a 24-hour down-valley detour on the weekends.

CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION:
CDOT offers a variety of sources for drivers to obtain information or ask questions regarding construction and traffic for the roads impacted by construction.

  • BEST WAY TO GET MOST UP-TO-DATE INFO!! Sign up for E-mail or wireless updates on www.coloradodot.info (choose the green phone icon in the upper right-hand corner of the home page; choose from the projects list, “State Highway 82 Aspen”)
  • Log onto:  http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/SH82 for updates
  • Call the construction information line at (970) 300-2283
  • Write to the project’s public information e-mail at:  [email protected]

The safety of the traveling public and on-site highway workers is the highest priority. Motorists are urged to drive slowly and stay alert in and around the work zone, obey all posted speed limit signs, and plan for extra time during the daily commute. Down-valley motorists should take extra care to drive considerately along the detour route, where residences will be impacted.

Thank you for going “Slow for the Cone Zone!” To get information about other CDOT projects, the public may call 511, log onto CDOT’s traveler information site at www.cotrip.org or sign up to receive e-mails or text messages via CDOT’s site (see above).

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